Children from five London schools have been chosen as judges in a competition for the latest cutting-edge educational technologies.

They have been selected for this year’s Kids Judge Bett awards panel of 14 schools from all over Britain for the ninth annual Bett UK event at ExCeL from January 24 to 26.  

Some 30,000 education organisations and innovators from around the globe are displaying their latest technology and learning products.

But it’s the youngsters themselves who decide which are the best.

The competition was devised in 2016 by Katy Potts from Islington Council, who looks after computing and online safety for schools.

“Who better to judge Ed-tech learning for schools than the children themselves,” Katy explained. “This is an opportunity for the youngest generation to develop knowledge, critical thinking and creativity around technology in our fast-changing world with pressing global priorities like sustainability.”

The five London schools are Channing Junior in Highgate, All Saints Benhilton Primary in Sutton, Hallsville Primary in Canning Town, Oakdale Junior in Woodford and King’s Cross Academy in Barnsbury.

Oakdale Junior’s computer and music teacher Clare Dibble said: “We have seen the impact that technology can have in the classroom. Our pupils will have a brilliant time trying out all the tech and sharing their thoughts.” 

Vivienne Lupoli, deputy head at All Saints Benhilton Primary, said: “This is a chance to see the latest Ed-tech innovations up close with our children helping to shape their own learning while having fun.” 

More than 600 Ed-tech companies are taking part this year, with pupils nominating their favourite programmes from a shortlist of exhibitor stands. Award categories focus on ‘sustainability’, ‘AI adaptation’ and ‘inclusion’. The youngsters announce the winners themselves live on the main arena stage, alongside poet and children’s author Michael Rosen.

To kick things off, international ballerina Dame Darcey Bussell is promoting the arts in schools through her 'Diverse Dance Mix' aerobatics charity getting pupils into “the magic of dance”. On-stage events include former England footballer Alex Scott discussing physical education and Baroness Floella Benjamin talking about her time as a children’s TV presenter.